Getting the stars of "Arrested Development" together is no easy task, so the producers are having to get creative with Season 5.
The upcoming season may rely heavily on flashbacks and even include new actors, TVLine reports. The newbies would play younger versions of the dysfunctional Bluth family, taking some of the load off the Netflix series' high-profile stars. A source tells the publication that the approach hasn't been decided upon for sure, but it's one way the show can go on while accommodating the schedules of its original cast.
The same scheduling issues arose when making the long-awaited fourth season, and the solution -- using a standalone-character format -- proved unpopular with many viewers. It's hard to say if fans will like the idea of different actors playing the Bluths any better, but the format would allow for more of the hilarious group scenes that work so well. As TVLine points out, Executive Producer Brian Grazer previously discussed the need to get creative at a TCA event earlier this month.
"I think we found a way to create the compensation structure for all the actors and create a work matrix so they can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate," he told Deadline.
In the same interview, he revealed that they were "really close" to finalizing deals for Season 5, so if new actors are what it takes to get more "Arrested Development," we'll try to be open-minded about any changes.
"Arrested Development" Season 5 is rumored to begin shooting in June.